Our resident hound asked, “If you could live anywhere in the world with no expenses to consider, where would you live? Why?”
I decided to tackle the WHY first. I need to know what type of place I’m looking for. Here are my requisites:
- Somewhere warm would be nice. Or at least no blizzards. A never-ending spring or autumn would be perfect. On the other hand, winters can be pretty, and it’s handy to be able to put food out on the back porch when the refrigerator is full.
- Somewhere with internet access to FaceTime family and Zoom with people. I love my solitude, but it’s nice to be able to connect with others when I want to. It also helps to have instant access to resources when I’m researching for a story. Just the other day I attended a virtual lecture by the renowned Rick Steves, and all needed to do was turn on my iPad.
- Somewhere big enough to have a few community music groups that I can play in. Music is still a big part of my life, and as long as I’m able to play my instruments, I’d like to be within driving distance to participate.
- Somewhere with other people to take care of lawns and cleaning and stuff I don’t like to do. Last year’s move to a condo was a huge relief in that aspect. The outside always looks nice, and I don’t have to worry about it. For Christmas, my daughter gave me a gift certificate to have someone clean the inside. I plan to use it as soon as the bathroom remodel is finished.
- Somewhere nice enough that my family would want to come and visit me.
- Someplace safe, where I can take long walks through the neighborhood without fear.
It seems that other than the first bulletin point, I’m in the perfect place already. Winter weather is definitely bothersome, but only for two or three months out of the year. And I’m at a point in my life at which I have the freedom to stay put if the roads are bad. So in answer to the hound’s question, I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else.